10 Stories to read this weekend - Feb. 28, 2014
My Recommendations for this week:
- Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable - Smithsonian Magazine: “No one will ever match his talent as the “gatekeeper of scientific credibility.” writes Joel Achenbach.
- A STAR IN A BOTTLE - New Yorker - Raffi Khatchadourian: An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out. [Related Discussion: New Yorker: ITER reactor’s instability. It’s not just the plasma.]
- The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia - Lee Hutchinson - Ars Technica: The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA’s finest hour.
- The Oracle of Ice Hockey- The Atlantic: Chris Koentges profiles a 70-year-old Finnish goalie coach named Urpo Ylönen. He is the man who has transformed the art of goaltending in Ice Hockey. This is really worth a read irrespective of whether you watch the game or not.
- Lockerbie: Olympic pride beyond tragedy - Yahoo Sports: ”The world knows now that a terrorist planted a bomb in a 747, and the 747 exploded over the town. It knows — or at least it thinks it knows — that an incredible sadness has saddled the town ever since. I know another side of Lockerbie, Scotland. That’s the story I prefer to tell.” - Jeff Passan
- Why we need pain in the games we play - Aeon Magazine: “Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game.” writes Michael Thompson.
- American Aqueduct- The Atlantic: The Great California Water Saga: A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state of USA. By Alexis C. Madrigal.
- On Not Going Home - London Review of Books: “I bump into plenty of people in America who tell me that they miss their native countries – Britain, Germany, Russia, Holland, South Africa – and who in the next breath say they cannot imagine returning. It is possible, I suppose, to miss home terribly, not know what home really is anymore, and refuse to go home, all at once.” - James Wood
- Why i want my children to be bilingual - Aeon Magazine: “In a world that converses only in English, we’ll talk only of banal things: that’s why I want my children to be bilingual.” - Ben Faccini.
- What Really Happened to Michael Rockefeller- Smithsonian Magazine: A journey to the heart of New Guinea’s Asmat tribal homeland sheds new light on the mystery of the heir’s disappearance there in 1961.
Have a great weekend!